Center students

In late 2005, four Latino Community Learning Centers (LCLCs) in Clinton, Daviess, and Noble counties were established on a pilot basis under the Indiana Rural Development Council. These centers, focused on Spanish-language adult education, have continued operation under additional grants since that time. Formal agreements exist with: local community partners at the four chosen sites, Tecnologico de Monterrey (i.e. Monterey Tech), which has a variety of Spanish language offerings via the Internet, and with the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (via the Consulate of Mexico in Indianapolis), which champions adult basic education through a program called Plaza Comunitaria. In the program's first year, 173 Latinos enrolled in basic English/GED coursework, computer literacy training, and college-level business classes through the four LCLCs. In addition to classroom education courses for adult students, the local learning center sites also provide training from businesses (e.g. agribusinesses and manufacturing) with significant numbers of Latino employees.

 

Center contact information:

Learning Network (Clinton County)
1111 S. Jackson Street
Frankfort, IN 46041
765-659-6380
Contact: Melinda Grismer
mgrismer@purdue.edu

Latino Community Learning Center (Daviess County)
214 N.E. Third Street
Washington, IN 47501
812-254-8668
Contact: Lynne Kiesel
lkiesel@purdue.edu

The Literacy, Empowering and Advocating Program (LEAP) of Noble County, Inc.
833 E. Main Street
Albion, IN 46701
574-528-1318
Contact: Denise Lemmon
dlemmonleap@yahoo.com

 

For more information, contact:

Andrea Burniske
International Extension Program Coordinator
Phone: 765-494-9831
E-mail: andreaburniske@purdue.edu